A Burnley fan was stabbed before the club’s European defeat to Olympiakos last night in Athens.
The supporter was attacked before kick-off in the Europa League qualifying tie at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium and needed stitches for his wound.
Three other fans from Burnley’s 1,000 travelling support were also badly beaten and robbed in the Greek capital.
Twenty-three supporters were also arrested by the Greek police for being drunk and refusing to get on coaches provided to ferry them to the Stadium.
Footage of fans enjoying themselves before the match was posted to Twitter.
Burnley had Ben Gibson sent off in a bad tempered game as they suffered a 3-1 loss in the first leg of their Europa League qualifying play-off.
After Chris Wood’s 33rd-minute penalty cancelled out a free-kick from the hosts’ captain Kostas Fortounis, Olympiakos regained the lead through an Andreas Bouchalakis header in the 49th minute.
And Fortounis then converted a penalty of his own on the hour mark to extend the Greek side’s advantage.
That spot-kick had been given for a handball by Gibson, who was shown a second yellow card – having also been booked for giving away the free-kick that led to Bouchalakis’ goal.
Burnley – wearing black armbands as a mark of respect for club great Jimmy McIlroy, who died on Monday aged 86 – will play the second leg at Turf Moor next Thursday.
They also encountered a hostile atmosphere at the 32,000-capacity Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, which had around 1,000 of their fans in attendance.
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